SciDev.Net publishes key paper on Open Access Archiving

From: Jemima Tonks <jemima.tonks_at_SCIDEV.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:57:38 -0000

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Open Access Archiving: the fast track to building research capacity in
developing countries


Increasing access to the global library of research findings will be
central to strengthening the science base in developing countries.
Currently, this is made difficult by the high costs of journal
subscriptions. With the advent of Open Access archiving the outlook for
building science capacity in developing countries has improved


In a peer-reviewed paper published today by SciDev.Net, three of the
world's leading open access experts, Leslie Chan, Barbara Kirsop and
Subbiah Arunachalam, summarise the current state of play. In particular,
they focus on the establishment of interoperable open access archives and
their potential for true global knowledge exchange.


The paper is freely available on the SciDev.Net website as well as in
downloadable pdf, MS Word and text files.


The authors outline reasons why they consider that Open Access Archives
(OAAs) offer the greatest and most immediate impact on science and
development. It outlines the current status of science and technology in
developing countries before reporting current progress in both developed
and developing regions. Finally it recommends what needs to be done to
achieve free access to all publicly-funded research publications.

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